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Program Overview


Clinical psychology researchers have made important advancements in the development of psychosocial interventions that are effective in treating a range of disorders. These empirically supported interventions, however, are often not available in the community because providers frequently have limited training in the use of these interventions or they lack adequate scientific training to appreciate the importance of making evidence-based decisions in conducting assessment and in selecting treatments that work. A related concern is that educators, policy makers, research support staff and other professionals working in areas related to mental health often lack training in the latest findings concerning the causes of clinical disorders, their effective intervention, and the broader skill of critical thinking in evaluating the research literature. Clinical psychological science is a training perspective that emphasizes the role of science in understanding and treating clinical disorders.

The Master of Professional Studies in Clinical Psychological Science (MPS-Clinical Psychological Science) is an exceptional opportunity for students looking to begin or advance their career in the mental health field. The program provides rigorous training in the scientific approach to clinical psychology while focusing on evidence-based assessment and intervention. Students receive both a broad understanding of psychological principles and intensive training in the science of clinical psychology. The program emphasizes contemporary theories of clinical disorders and empirically supported interventions for the treatment of these disorders.

The MPS-Clinical Psychological Science is a 30-credit graduate program designed to be completed in as little as 15 months of full-time study while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. Students receive advanced training in research methods, the ethics involved in conducting clinical research and practice, clinical measurement and assessment, and the impact of culture on mental health. The program is designed to improve your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, career advancement readiness, and preparation for Ph.D. training.

The MPS-Clinical Psychological Science features seminar-style, face-to-face instruction. Face-to-face classes meet in the evening at the UMD College Park campus. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).

Program Contact Information

The MPS-Clinical Psychological Science is offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The program provides the highest level of rigorous academic training and mentorship while meeting the needs of working professionals and students who are interested in complementing their course work with clinical or research experiences. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. Christina Danko
Department of Psychology
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
1121B Biology-Psychology Building
4094 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4411

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